A few weeks ago in a Level 2 class we started out working on the feet, ankles and lower leg, then onto the thighs and hips. To everyone’s surprise, an hour later we ended up in Padamasana, Lotus Pose. How did it happen?
By repeating a few common actions with the body in different positions and orientations to gravity. And, through a sequence of poses that progressively deepened awareness, created healthy integration and opened space in the feet, ankles, knees and hips.
In this way we were able to go from one place to another, from where we started to somewhere we might not have thought or guessed we could have gone.
This is the magic of progressive sequencing. It moves you slowly but steadily from one place to another.
One of the skills we develop as yogis is being so focused on what we are doing that we forget about what we think our limits are. Suddenly, sometimes in spite of our selves, we find our body going beyond what we thought was possible.
It’s the cherished wait-a-minute-I’m–not-supposed-to-be-able-to-do-this moment.